Nov 29, 2012 4:30pm PST
was the tax on dividend as opposed to specificly the fiscal cliff, if you will. but it's the fact that dividends will be taxed at higher rates. >> you will be paying out about $60 million in dividends. >> we will. >> you will be borrowing that money. why is that a good use of your borrowing capacity? >> we, number one, we generate cash very, very quickly. we generate about 120 or 1-- 150 million dollars a year in free cash flow, so we're talking about a year, maybe less than six months of cash flow. number two as i tould we are not capital constrained. >> right. >> so this is not a burden on our credit facility. >> so why use the credit facility to pay your shareholders versus use it to look for new acquisitions that could accelerate your rate of growth? >> because we, number one, we-- basically heico runs without cash. we look to-- we look to our credit facility. heico is a very excellent rated credit. we're very high quality credit, very strong balance sheet. we have very little debt. we are now paying less than 1 1/4 percent for money. so it's really very inexpensive so the tax so, to speak s on the earnings is very, very little.